The Reality Temples by Richard Bone
The Reality Temples
AV: This is your second release with Spiralight Recordings, when did this come about and how has this new arrangement been working out for you?
RB: The arrangement with Spiralight came about a
couple of years ago when I was asked to contribute a track to the Ambienism
Volume One compilation. I mentioned to Cameron Akhunaton that I had been
planning a disc of rare and unreleased material and he expressed an interest in
releasing the project on Spiralight. The relationship has grown from there. This
is a perfect situation for me as it allows me to concentrate on creating the
music and leave the business (and graphic art) department to someone who can do
it far better than I could!
AV: It seems that your last two titles have had the word reality in it, is there some message that I should be taking away with that? In your mind what meaning is there to your latest title Reality Temples?
RB: There is most definitely a meaning behind
the title of The Reality Temples but I would prefer that it be revealed while
listening to the music and gazing at the amazing artwork Spiralight has created.
Forgive me if this sounds a bit coy but I think it will make sense in
AV: How long does it usually take you to finish work on a project like Reality Temples to the point where you are ready to let it go into a life of its own? What are your feelings when you reach the end of any given project? Let down, relief, happines a mixture?
RB: I've worked on The Reality Temples longer than any project to
date. Almost a year and a half. I just continue working until I hear that inner
"voice" that lets me know the work is complete. Hard to describe really, it's
sort of an excited feeling in the solar plexus! Usually, as a project approaches
completion, a new one appears on the horizon. In this case it's a new ambient
work for the Electroshock label in Moscow tentatively titled The Serene Life of
RB: The instrumentation on Reality Temples is similar to what I
used on Disorient. That is, a definite Eastern flavor but coupled with extensive
backward samples, electric piano & synth.
RB: I think it's is safe to
say the Reality Temples is an extension of Disorient. I seem to work in groups
of three sometimes especially in my rhythmic works as I did with Electropica,
Coxa and Ascensionism. I think each of the three had it's own flavor but seem as
though they were part of a trilogy. This of course begs the question, what's the
third in this trilogy to be? Honestly, I haven't a clue!
AV: Since last we spoke what kinds of musical experimentation have you been doing with your compositions?
RB: I wouldn't
say that I've been experimenting per se. It's more about trying to refine my
craft. Focusing on composition and recording techniques. So many artists these
days seem to say that they need to experiment and push some elusive envelope. I
feel it's more important to fully explore where you are now. Only then can one
move forward with wisdom and insight.
AV: Will we be seeing anymore purely ambient releases from Richard Bone in the future ala Spectral Ships?
RB: More purely ambient is on it's
way with my next release for Electroshock as I mentioned above.
RB: Cameron doesn't interfere with the mixes however I rely heavily on his objective
feedback when deciding which tracks make the final cut and the sequencing of the